The Universe - Season 3 (2008)
Videos in this documentary
The Universe Season 3 DVD continues the journey to space as bizarre clouds begin to appear. Preparing to divert an apocalyptic attack from comets or meteors, NASA is arming itself. The Universe DVD discusses reproduction in space, and how a human would develop outside the earth.
The Universe Season 3 DVD lets you immerse yourself in more spectacular space exploration with season three of this epic series from Historyâ„¢. A virtual collision of astronomy and history, each enlightening episode utilizes strikingly realistic computer recreations and animations to provide unprecedented insight into the mysteries of our universe, and beyond.
During the Season 3 Universe DVD, see how NASA is arming itself with the latest technology to pre-empt an apocalyptic attack in "Deadly Comets and Meteors." Learn how scientists envision reproduction and human development in "Sex in Space," and explore startling new evidence showing the existence of universes other than our own in "Parallel Universes."
The Universe videos of Season 3 take you from bizarre clouds to the hypothetical Planet X, from space disasters to space sex and the possibility of terrifying cosmic collisions, experience space in a whole new way "“ not through a telescope or textbook, but firsthand. With The Universe, you'll feel like you've traveled to the edge of the unknown.
Part 1: Deep Space Disasters November 11, 2008
A look at the history of space disasters and the potential for danger in space – from explosive launches, fiery reentries, fire in an oxygen-rich atmosphere, deadly micrometeoroid impacts, catastrophic solar flares and a host of other space hazards astronauts risk on every mission. Also discussed are what could happen if a ship encounters a black hole or gamma-ray burst.
Part 2: Parallel Universes November 18, 2008
A look at the theory of the multiverse – the possibility of parallel dimensions existing where Earth and everyone on it are duplicated many times over, and how physicists search for evidence of these doppleganger realities using state of the art particle colliders that can detect higher dimensions of existence.
Part 3: Light Speed November 25, 2008
A look at the speed of light, the ultimate speed limit enforced by the laws of the universe, and how scientists are looking for ways to exceed it; a look at what happens when we reach the "light barrier"; what could happen if we surpass it, and how the "cosmic constant" can be manipulated.
Part 4: Sex in Space December 2, 2008
A look at experiments in human sexuality in space; the psychology of relationships and reproduction that must be addressed if mankind wish to colonize other planets; how pregnancy and birth could be handled in microgravity and the complications that could arise under such conditions; and the answer to whether or not sex has already been attempted during a space mission.
Part 5: Alien Faces December 9, 2008
A look at how differently life on Earth has evolved between animals, from the deep ocean to those on land, their environments played a role in their design; and an imaginative look at how similar life could take form under vastly different environments of alien worlds.
Part 6: Deadly Comets and Meteors December 16, 2008
A look at how comets and meteors played a role in the formation of the solar system; their possible role in the extinction of the dinosaurs; and the theories that cometary dust could bring alien viruses to Earth.
Part 7: Living in Space December 23, 2008
A look at how human colonies could exist in space, from domed cities to underground bases, to orbital habitats, to hollowed-out asteroids. Also a look at how robots will play a role in space survival; how food will be grown; the advances in space suit and equipment technology; and a look at how resources could be gathered and processed to sustain such otherworldly colonies.
Part 8: Stopping Armageddon January 6, 2009
A look at some of the ideas scientists are exploring to save Earth one day from an inevitable meteor impact, including ways to divert near-Earth objects (NEOs) with laser beams, nuclear bombs, solar sails, satellites that act as artificial gravity sources, and rocket engines that could attach to and push them out of Earth's path.
Part 9: Another Earth January 13, 2009
A look at how astronomers search for other Earth-like planets around other stars; which stars are candidates for possible discovery; and how techniques develop and the sensitivity of equipment improve will make finding another Earth just a matter of time.
Part 10: Strangest Things January 27, 2009
A look at some of the most bizarre things in the universe such as odd moons, strange stars, exotic particles, mysterious black holes, and invisible dark matter.
Part 11: Edge of Space February 3, 2009
A look at the prospects for the commercialization space, from $20 million dollar vacation trips to the ISS, the possibility of orbital hotels, and spaceplane flights 120 miles above the Earth are just the beginning. Also a look at the hazards, such as cosmic radiation and space debris, that could spell disaster for these outerspace endeavors.
Part 12: Cosmic Phenomena February 3, 2009
A look at various cosmic phenomena, both "good" – such as the beauty of the aurora borealis, the thrill of a meteor shower, the miracle of photosynthesis, and the "bad" – such as UV radiation that can "get under our skin", and solar flare activity that can not only scramble electronics, but could threaten life on Earth.